Bridal Veil Falls has to be one of the most photogenic places in New Zealand. I went for the first time last weekend and I didn’t get a single bad picture. Choosing which photographs to use for this post was no mean feat!
Bridal Veil Falls are located at the end of a very short bush walk near Raglan, just forty minute’s drive from Hamilton. The bush walk comes out at the top of the falls. If you want to see the view from the bottom, which you do, that means a lot of steps to conquer! But it’s not too strenuous.
There are a lot of nice waterfalls in New Zealand. This is one of the best. If you’re going to be travelling anywhere around Waikato, Bridal Veil Falls is well worth the detour. It’s obviously popular with tourists – I heard a lot of English accents on our brief excursion!
It wasn’t crowded, though. I suppose this is due to the fact that New Zealand is currently in the grasp of winter. The fact that it was winter, however, did nothing to diminish the experience. In fact, I’m incredibly glad it was winter – all those steps in summer would have been torture!
Though I’m sure the pool at the base of the falls would look very inviting come summer, you’re not allowed to swim there. The quality of the water is too unhealthy, having flowed through prime Waikato farmland to reach its destination.
Bridal Veil Falls are 55m high. They’re known in Māori as Wairēinga, or Water of the Underworld. They were quite amazing to watch from the bottom. The force with which the water hit the basin below was surprising, creating a great, white mist and waves that rippled continuously towards us.
Bridal Veil Falls isn’t a daytrip – it’s barely an hour, really. There are, however, other nice places to go nearby. Whale Bay, for example, is a rocky beach with incredible waves. One look was enough to see why Raglan is famous for surfing, and Raglan town itself is lovely.